The news of The Bohemian in Newcastle closing its doors was met with sadness by the Canny Family. We’d visited on many occasions and liked their laid back atmosphere and vegan burgers. It seemed at a time when the demand for vegan food was growing there’d been a casualty, but thankfully not. As the owners were also behind Junk It Up in Byker, which has been a roaring success (you can read our review here), they’d made the decision to shut the doors of Boho to make ways for a city centre vegan fast food joint. We popped along on its opening night to see whether it lived up to the promise of its predecessor.
Located on Pink Lane, Junk It Up doesn’t have any signage outside yet. For those not familiar with The Bohemian this might lead to some confusion so please be aware. I’m sure this is something that the team are working on but the turnaround from Boho to JIT has been very quick. There are still signs of its previous incarnation where the interior is concerned; the black and white ‘popstar’ wallpaper, the butterflies on the ceiling, but the layout and the menu have changed completely.
The menu is similar to its sister restaurant in Byker, although there are some exciting additions to their vegan junk food favourites. I decided to try out the Naughty Dog, a vegan hot dog topped with BBQ sauce and dairy free cheese. Gavin ordered a Mississippi Burger as he loves their Fricken.
I loved the Phat Dogs they are using but I didn’t like the way the cold cheese and sauces were piled on. If they had melted the cheese and then put the guac and BBQ sauce on top it might have worked better. The bun also fell to pieces and with no eating utensils around I ended up using my hands to scoop it up. A few changes would make it a better eat as it was all a bit messy.
Gavin felt the same about the bun on his Mississippi Burger too. The Fricken was less greasy than we’ve encountered We also both commented that the fries needed a bit longer to properly crisp up.
Our meal came to around £27 with drinks. We both opted for alcohol as we were off to a gig afterwards. Junk It Up on Pink Lane is fully licensed, which means its a great place to pop to for food before heading out. Due to the new location it also opens up a wider delivery area on Deliveroo, which is good news for those of us who live on the other side of the Tyne.
We’re happy to see Junk It Up expand and will certainly pop back to try out more from the menu, including more kebab options and pizzas. There’s also a cake counter with some lovely looking options.
Thanks for reading,